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Look back at Opening Night event for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

by Banks Lee

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Event at Walt Disney World

The Force was strong at Walt Disney World as thousands of fans got together to celebrate the opening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with a special ticket event.

On Dec. 17, 2015, guests and fans were among the first to see the release of the new film during a sold out, Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night event at Disney Springs and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Starting at AMC Disney Springs 24, guests walked a red carpet, past banners and spotlights, to the first U.S. public showings of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” between 7 and 8 p.m. A few characters appeared on the red carpet, including R2-D2, Chewbacca and some First Order Stormtroopers.

After the movie, fans enjoyed a private after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios which included encounters with Star Wars characters and access to new Star Wars experiences, including Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and more. Here’s an overview: 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Event at Walt Disney World

For one night only during the party, guests got to experience Rock n’ Roller Coaster like never before as they hopped aboard a super stretch speeder and flew through the streets of Hollywood to get to the Star Wars premiere, with special music from the films playing along the way. Take a look: 

Star Wars Rock 'n' Roller Coaster - One Night Only Event at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Guests even got to see the debut of the new Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show, featuring John Williams’ iconic score from the Star Wars saga, including The Force Awakens. There was even a special introduction just for the event featuring Captain Phasma from the new film.

Star Wars Opening Night Event fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

You can read our review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on our blog.

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